Tribes top bill at Cleethorpes' Olympic Flame extravaganza
CLEETHORPES will host one of the hottest bands in the UK to mark the countdown to the Olympics.
Camden-based Tribes will headline a night of entertainment to welcome the Olympic Flame to North East Lincolnshire.
As reported in yesterday's Grimsby Telegraph, torchbearers are at the ready for its arrival in our area on June 26.
The Flame will be brought to Cleethorpes' Meridian Park Showground for an evening extravaganza, which will be enjoyed by 8,000 visitors.
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Tickets for the free gig were released online yesterday, and the announcement about Tribes will prompt an even bigger flurry for tickets.
Social networking sites are already buzzing with the news. The four-piece have received rave reviews for their rock music, with pundits from NME to Radio 1's Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe lending their praise.
In fact, Lowe described their debut single, Sapho, as the "hottest record in the world".
The Tribes gig in Cleethorpes is one of 66 events nationwide organised by Coca Cola, one of the sponsors of the games.
Singer Johnny Lloyd said: "Coca Cola's plans to take music across the country with the Olympic Torch means everyone in the UK gets to experience the excitement of London 2012.
"We're really looking forward to playing; it's going to be a special performance."
The band has urged visitors to bring family and friends to the gig to celebrate the torchbearers who, by then, will have carried the Flame through their community.
As reported, the Torch sets off from Land's End, Cornwall on May 19 on its 8,000-mile journey around the UK, calling at Immingham, Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Louth and Mablethorpe on the way, before arriving in the Olympic stadium on July 27.
A spokesperson for North East Lincolnshire Council said: "After the Olympic Flame has passed through Immingham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes on Tuesday, June 26, it will take centre stage at Cleethorpes Meridian Park Showground on the same date.
"It will be a momentous occasion for everyone, shining a spotlight on the area and showcasing how the Olympics will inspire lasting change by encouraging everyone to be active and healthy.
"North East Lincolnshire is one of only 66 evening celebration locations across the UK and will offer thousands of people the opportunity to come together and get involved in celebrations and share in the Olympic spirit."
The gates open at 4pm, with the event starting at 5pm. The celebrations are expected to conclude at 8.30pm.
There are 8,000 free tickets, allocated using a ballot system.
To enter the ballot, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/2012andbeyond by May 29, or visit any of North East Lincolnshire's ten libraries. Only one entry is allowed per household, for up to six tickets.